AS a football supporter who famously gloried in Hearts’ 5-1 Scottish Cup win against Hibs in the 2012 Scottish Cup final, Eilidh Doyle knows all about the imperative of taking things one round at a time, writes Stewart Fisher. So it will be for the 31-year-old today – not to mention her countrywoman Zoey Clark from Aberdeen - as she begins her quest for an individual world indoors medal to go with her bronze from the 4x400m relay in Sopot, Poland in 2014. While her main goal for the season is the Commonwealth Games, Doyle’s best time of 51.84 indoors is seventh fastest in the world this year and she feels she can compete with the three Americans who currently top the seasonal rankings rankings – Courtney Okolo, Shakima Wimbley and Phyllis Francis. “I am just going to go there and take every round as it comes,” said Doyle, Scotland’s most decorated-ever athlete. “But in this sort of shape I should be able to contend with the top girls. Any medal to add to the collection would be great – although an individual one would be even more special.”

Clark’s best time of 52.12 is also within the top ten this year, which means if nothing else that the prospects of relay medals for GB + NI this weekend and for Scotland in the Gold Coast are strong. “It is hard to say how much more is in there,” says Clark. “I would definitely like to get under 52 seconds. But I am still very inexperienced indoors. To be running so quick now gives me a big boost for April. Eilidh told me the Scotland team is looking good for the Commonwealths.”